Jovino Santos Neto
Solo Piano Concert
Sunday July 1, 2001 - 7 pm

With Special Guest Harvey Wainapel

Florence Gould Theatre
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park @ 34th Avenue, San Francisco. 

"Playing solo allows me to travel freely between all the possible musical colors. I leave the choice of material to my intuition, so that both myself and the audience will be surprised by the result."         --- Jovino Santos Neto

Listeners are in for a treat as Jovino performs a wide variety of music, from driving percussive forró of Northeastern Brazil to introspective lyrical ballads, from virtuoso choros of the 1920's to odd-metered folk tunes. A pianist who swings with a Brazilian sense of rhythm and harmony but whose playing also stretches further afield into urbane modern jazz styles. With Jovino, it is all possible and unexpected.

Last November Jovino performed with his Quintet to a sold-out house at Yoshi's with the release of his CD Live in Olympia  (Liquid City Records). 

Andrew Gilbert reviewed the show in Express:

"Santos Neto is a technically dazzling pianist who maintains a graceful fluidity no matter what the tempo."

Jovino spent 15 formative years in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro as pianist, producer and assistant to the legendary and iconoclastic Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal. During his tenure with the multi-instrumentalist, Jovino mastered many of the world's other musical traditions, while remaining faithful to his own Brazilian influences. Aptly described as “universal”, this unique confluence of styles performed with a refined technique and inspired improvisational abandon was perfected by Jovino and continues to influence his own work. A gifted and inspiring teacher, Jovino is currently on the faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and conducts workshops on Brazilian music worldwide. He will be teaching at Jazz Camp West in La Honda, California, this June.

Jovino’s has recorded and/or performed with Brazilian artists Dori Caymmi, Joyce, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Sergio Mendes, as well as with jazz and world music luminaries Andy Narell, Mike Marshall, Glen Velez, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, and Mandan tribal singers . His most recent release is a duo CD Balaio (Malandro Records) with New York-based guitarist/vocalist Richard Boukas.

Paul de Barros of Seattle Times, Downbeat said: 
"He is a brilliant and intuitive keyboard player (and flutist) who explores jazz, classical and Brazilian traditional music with equal zeal". 

Mark Fefer of Eastside Weekly wrote: 
" ...a warm, high-energy player, as fun to watch as he is to hear."

Special guest is a Bay Area treasure, hard-swinging and melodically compelling saxophone virtuoso Harvey Wainapel , who recently appeared with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim.

One performance only:  Sunday, July 1 - 7 pm
Florence Gould Theatre
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park @ 34th Avenue
San Francisco

Tickets: $18 & $23
City Box Office, 415/392-4400


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